Vaginal prolapse is a common condition where the bladder, uterus and or bowel protrudes into the vagina. This can cause symptoms such as a sensation of a vaginal lump, constipation, difficulty emptying the bowel or bladder or problems with sexual intercourse. Treatment is only recommended when the prolapse is symptomatic. The biggest cause of prolapse is pregnancy and birth, though a number of other factors such as family history, lifestyle and certain medical conditions can also cause prolapse. Treatment can vary from simple lifestyle changes to surgery.
What is a vaginal prolapse?
Vaginal prolapse | Oxford Gynaecology and Pelvic Floor Centre
Women's Health Blog. Childbirth awards us with the incredible gift of children, but changes to your body can linger long after your little one has grown up. One of the most important casualties is damage to your pelvic floor muscles. This group of muscles, ligaments and tissues do the hard work of supporting your uterus, bladder and rectum. But keep in mind that these are muscles. With enough wear and tear, they can get weak. When these muscles weaken, things start to drop, like your uterus bulging down into your vagina, which is called prolapse.
Pelvic organ prolapse involve a dropping down prolapse of the bladder, urethra, small intestine, rectum, uterus, or vagina caused by weakness of or injury to the ligaments, connective tissue, and muscles of the pelvis. Women may feel pressure that feels as if something is bulging out of their vagina or they are sitting on a ball, or they may have a sense of fullness in their pelvis or problems with urination or bowel movements. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs only in women and become more common as women age.
A vaginal prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse, occurs when muscles of the pelvic floor no longer support one or more organs located in the pelvis. This causes one or more of the pelvic organs to protrude into or out of the vagina. Sometimes, a person may not notice any symptoms; others might feel discomfort or pressure in the pelvic area. Treatment is available, and a person should discuss their symptoms and treatment options with a doctor to determine the best course of action. The female pelvis contains several organs , including the:.